Seed Consultants 3/15/2013 Market Update with Gary Wilhemy Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 15, 2013 Home Indiana Agriculture News Seed Consultants 3/15/2013 Market Update with Gary Wilhemy 10:31 updateDow off 51 as U of M consumer sentiment tumbles to 71.8 from 77.8Industrial production was up .7% the best in 3 months, but coming off low levelGrains and soybeans are at anchorCattle down $.77 and hogs down $ .65April cattle $127.27 and April hogs $80.25Opening MarketsFinancialDow opens down 25 in a normal corrective action on quadruple witching day which means extra volatilityS&P has crept up toward its all time high at 1565 closing at 1563S&P is up 9.6% for the year5-10% correction is possible, but rally has been gradual and that reduces volatility riskU of M consumer sentiment seen at 78 from 77.8Inflation is at a 3 year highWTI crude is up $ .60 at $93.58Gold steady as she goesDollar index has continuing sharp correction off 45 at 82.17LivestockPackers bid #127 for cattle but no takersOwners want $129Margins improved600,000 weekly slaughters possibleBoxed beef at highs but demand is stogyPork trade 109 loads with carcass off $ .90, loins down $2.10 and hams steadyHog kill is off 9,000 this weekGrain and soybeansMixed pennies change across the boardCorn up 13 cents on week and wheat 30 betterWheat exports near 1 MT was positive as cheap wheat garners responseFunds short wheat and we have had coveringAcreage expected to bearish at months endChinese soybean demand softensChina cancelled some Brazilian shipments due to port delaysLabor-government talks continue in Brazil;Watch outside markets as exhaustion is mounting in stocks Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Previous articleHigh Oleic Soybean Acres increasing in Indiana and OhioNext articleSeed Consultants 3/15/2013 Weekly Comment with Gary Wilhemy Hoosier Ag Today
Sri Lanka is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Nadarajah Kugarajah, a reporter for the Tamil TV channel Dan TV, was attacked by several police officers while investigating an arson attack two months before that in Jaffna, the capital of the mainly Tamil Northern Province, and had to be hospitalized with injuries, especially facial injuries. This resurgence in attacks against Tamil journalists is all the more worrying because, after the Easter Sunday bombings on 21 April, the authorities reactivated the arbitrary detention procedures allowed under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, which were used to intimidate, arrest and even eliminate troublesome journalists during the civil war’s darkest years. Organisation Trumped-up charges “We call on the Sri Lankan authorities to not let this unacceptable act of violence against Virakesari’s reporter go unpunished,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Allowing journalists to investigate controversial subjects freely is the best way to defuse tension. Ten years after the end of the civil war, the resurgence in attacks by the security forces against Tamil reporters recalls the worst times in Sri Lanka’s history, when it was one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists.” News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to punish those responsible for recent acts of violence and harassment of journalists and to ensure that the police stop harassing and intimidating reporters covering the problems that the Tamil minority still endure ten years after the end of the civil war. The government resulting from the 2015 elections undertook to end impunity for crimes of violence against journalists by reopening all relevant investigations. Four years later, no concrete result has been obtained in any of the investigations into the 14 murders of Sri Lankan journalists between 2003 and 2009 that RSF registered in its barometer of press freedom violations. Similarly, the dozens of cases of torture and intimidation also remain completely unpunished. News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolence Worse still, Maj. Prabath Bulathwatte, the former head of an elite police unit tasked with silencing anyone who took too much interest in the activities of the security forces, was recalled into active service three weeks ago. Bulathwatte is the main suspect in many cases of abduction, torture or murders of journalists, including the Sunday Leader’s well known editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was killed in January 2009. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolence Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News Shanmugam Thavaseelan, a reporter for the Asia Broadcasting Corporation and Tamil Guardian, was arrested by police on trumped-up charges on 20 April in Mullaitivu, the same district where the police attacked Kumanan five weeks later. Thavaseelan’s real crime was trying to cover a demonstration calling for justice for the Tamil civilians who disappeared during the civil war. Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge The civil war finally ended in May 2009 with the Tamil Tiger separatist rebellion being crushed militarily. This has left deep scars in the collective memory and attempts by journalists to cover the demands of the Tamil minority’s representatives are being met with acts of intimidation from the security forces. July 29, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka June 4, 2019 – Updated on June 6, 2019 Alarming resurgence in Sri Lankan police attacks on Tamil journalists The 27 May violence against Kanapathipillai Kumanan, a journalist working for the Tamil daily Virakesari, was the third reported attack on a journalist of Tamil origin since the start of the year. Kumanan was working on a story about a Hindu temple in the district of Mullaitivu, on Sri Lanka’s northeastern coast, when a police officer hit him, threw his camera to the ground and threatened him with worse violence if he reported this attack. to go further January 13, 2021 Find out more July 15, 2020 Find out more Many ceremonies were held in Sri Lanka on 18 May to mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the civil war. The military celebrated “Victory Day” while the civilians who died were remembered in Tamil regions such as Mullaitivu (left), where two journalists were recently the victims of intimidation by the police (photos: Ishara S. Kodikara – Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP). RSF_en Help by sharing this information The focus of a conflict between the mainly Hinduist Tamil minority and the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese majority, the temple has been occupied for the past few years by Buddhist monks, who changed its name and recently installed CCTV cameras in order to control access. Kumanan had gone there to report on the failure to comply with a recent court ruling in favour of Hinduists who said they were being prevented from worshipping there. Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Complete impunity
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OHP heal thyselfOn 1 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. OH practitioners may be so involved in helping others they neglectthemselves and end up burnt out and exhausted. Tips on identifying the causes,spotting the symptoms and dealing with the problem are offered, by NerinaRamlakhan Working in occupational health is challenging and can even be frustrating attimes. This is particularly true in organisations that are struggling to learnhow to function effectively in an increasingly turbulent and unstructuredworld. As an organisational consultant and physiologist, I have spent a number ofyears working at various levels within organisations, often liaising closelywith OH departments. I have witnessed a shift in the role of occupationalhealth and an impact on the health of the OH practitioner if the turbulence isnot navigated with care and attention to self. The aim of this article is toraise awareness of what can cause burn-out and to highlight those strategiesthat can help to prevent it. What is burn-out? Since Freudenberger’s1 pioneering work on burn-out among the caringprofessions, there has been an explosion of interest in, and research about,this particular syndrome. Burn-out has been described as “to fail, wearout, or become exhausted by reason of excessive demands on energy, strength, orresources”. Maslach2 defined it as: “The loss of concern for thepeople with whom one is working … (including) physical exhaustion … (and)characterised by an emotional exhaustion in which the professional no longerhas any positive feelings, sympathy or respect for clients or patients”. The symptoms of burn-out are as varied as the sufferers. Some people becomeirrationally angry. Some resort to blaming any annoyance, large or small, onexternal factors. Some become quiet, introverted and isolated, which canindicate the start of a serious depression. Others manifest burn-out by under-or over-eating or abusing alcohol or other mood-altering substances. Stillothers may experience a range of physical symptoms, including chronic illness,high blood pressure and frequent headaches. In my experience of working with OHPs who have come close to burning out orare actually burnt out, they may become obsessive workaholics – working longerand less productive hours to get the job done. Time management becomes reactiveand firefighting the norm at the expense of creative and visionary work. Figuring out if you are stressed and on the verge of burn-out is notdifficult if you take the time to step back and evaluate your situation (seebox). The more difficult issue is often related to teasing apart the variouscauses of burn-out and then trying to manage those that are controllable. The work environment The work environment has undergone profound changes in the past 30 years orso, driven largely by information technology and global competitive demands. Inparallel, the image, perception and role of occupational health has changed,and the terrorist events of 11 September served as a further catalyst forraising issues about safety and wellness. Clients’ needs have also changed and this has inevitably had a knock-oneffect on the role of occupational health and its practitioners. Says OHconsultant, Carol Cholerton: “OH has shifted from being a nice-to-havebenefit, to having to justify its existence to the business in very hard-nosedterms.” This inevitably places additional responsibilities on OH practitioners toacquire and develop marketing skills that will enable them to be heard bymanagement. In other words they need to be able to speak the language ofbusiness. For many OH practitioners, frustrations arise when they feel they arenot being heard. Are you susceptible? Personality and burn-out Freudenberger1 identified three personality types in the caring professionsas being sensitive to burn-out: – the dedicated and committed personality type – the personality type that is overcommitted and whose private life isunsatisfactory – the authoritarian personality and/or patronising personality type. No matter what the personality type, when external demands continue toincrease, self-imposed demands can create even more pressure, and compoundingthis may be the insidious ego stroking involved in working harder. Althoughanyone can experience excessive stress, in my experience of working with OHdepartments, many practitioners do possess certain traits, which may bereinforced in their training, that make them more susceptible to burn-out; theyare conscientious and committed and much of their personal identity may be tiedup with their professional identity. Some people report that it is tough out there and getting tougher. However,some people and some organisations are nonetheless thriving. Darwin’s idea isthat it is the fittest that shall survive, but he did not mean strongest –which is the usual misapprehension. He meant those organisms that are mostadaptable to changing conditions. The following toolkit contains what I thinkcan help in these turbulent times. Many of these are things we all know andrecommend to our clients or patients but often neglect to follow ourselves. So,a little reminder. The lifeskills toolkit Understand your energy levels and manage them effectively: balance energyrecovery and expenditure. – Manage food stress – start the day with breakfast and then eat little andoften throughout the day, particularly if you are going to be working longhours. Keep healthy snacks (nuts, fruit, bagels) with you and avoid going forquick fixes such as caffeine or sweets. Try to drink at least one litre ofwater a day. – Create a healthy balance between activity and rest – research inchronobiology suggests that we should take breaks every 60 to 90 minutes inorder to rejuvenate and replenish mental/physical energy. Take a break away fromyour desk whenever possible, find a flight of stairs and walk up and down a fewtimes, go for a walk around the block, change mental channels for five to 10minutes. If you cannot get away from your office, do some stretches at yourdesk to release neck and shoulder tension, eye exercises to release tension, orbreathing exercises to lift your energy. – Stay fit for the job – we have evolved as an active species and as such weneed physical activity to keep stress in balance. Try to engage in some form ofaerobic activity at least three times a week. – Create healthy boundaries in your life – do you take a lunch break (even20 minutes is enough to replenish your energy)? What time do you leave work? Doyou take work home, and if so, do you do it? Do you talk about work /thinkabout it constantly when you go home? Can you engage in something positive thatwill help you to switch off? If you are going to talk about work, put a timelimit on it and do not allow it to ambush your whole evening. – Optimise sleep – this means keeping work out of your bedroom, allowingyourself time to wind down in the evenings (even if this means going to bedlater), minimising caffeine, alcohol and other stimulants and using relaxingessential oils such as lavender in your bath or on your pillow. Try to let goof anxieties about how much or how little sleep you should be getting as thisjust compounds insomnia. If you wake up at night and cannot get back to sleep,try getting up and writing about what may be bothering you. If you have atendency to wake up with your ‘to do’ list going round and round in your head,try writing lists before you leave work. The emotional toolkit In the wake of the tragic events of 11 September, I have become more awareof the way in which the current world conditions and emotional climate canimpact upon individuals. Increasingly, we need to develop and hone our sense ofemotional balance. This means becoming aware of when we are carrying aroundnegative emotions and losing balance. – Awareness – get into the habit of regularly doing an emotional check,particularly if you have just been ‘counselling’ a client. Are you holding anytension in your body? Can you release it by stretching or using breathingtechniques? Use your journey home (even if standing on a packed commuter train)to do an emotional check and relax your body. The key to doing this is bybreathing slowly and deeply from your diaphragm and bringing your mind intopresent focus. – Keep a journal – avoid bottling things up. Getting your feelings out on topaper can be an effective way of letting off steam and making sense of things. – Support – one of the most therapeutic things you can do for yourself andothers is to form a support network with other OHPs. This should not amount toa group of people sitting around complaining, but a forum for sharing problemsand seeking solutions. Talk to friends and family and be selective about whowill give you a genuine listening ear and help you to find constructivesolutions. – Join a yoga or pilates class – breathing techniques are very effective forreleasing negative emotions such as anger and fear as they arise. – Honesty – this is about truly acknowledging how you feel about asituation. Often, when we become emotionally overwhelmed by a situation orproblem our knee-jerk response is to run away from confronting it by engagingin manic ‘hyper-productivity’. We may be keeping ourselves busy but notactually getting much done and the mind is continuously running by itself withno guidance or direction. The key is to stop, clear space to focus mentally anddeal with your feelings constructively, even if it means having a good cry. The marketing toolkit Marketing is important for the OHP who is frustrated by an unresponsiveorganisation. This is about what the client wants, not what the OHP wants. If no-one is listening, why? Are you listening to the client? Are you givingthem solutions that can be used? This is not about lack of vision or ethics, or even pandering to clients.This is about listening to clients, becoming aware of their problems and thenconsidering how this relates to your business. As one OHP put it: “It’sabout thinking out of the OH box into the business they are operating in.”Find your supporters The dreaded word ‘networking’. Who is on your side? Who will listen to, andsupport you? Take every opportunity to liaise with your clients and get to knowthe business. Speak the right language Communicate in such a way that will achieve buy-in. Can you communicate effectivelyin meetings? Can you chair meetings? Can you use the language that the businesscan relate to? OH professionals increasingly need to enable themselves and empower othersto survive these turbulent, unpredictable conditions and transform them into opportunitiesfor survival, if not growth. This means being totally committed to self-careand achieving balance – whether in the clinic or the boardroom. Highperformance depends as much on how much you renew and recover energy as on howyou expend it. When people feel strong and resilient – physically, mentally,emotionally, and spiritually – they perform better, with more passion, forlonger. They win, their families win, and the organisations that employ themwin. References 1. Freudenberger HJ (1975) The staff burn-out syndrome in alternativeinstitutions. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 12(1):35-45. 2. Maslach C (1976) Burned-out. Human Behaviour, 5(9):16-22 Nerina Ramlakhan, PhD is an organisational consultant and physiologist. Sheruns a company called Equilibrium Solutions. Assess your risk for burn-outThere are two types of stress – eustress and distress. Eustress, or positivestress, occurs when you control your stress effectively. Distress, or negativestress, occurs when stress controls you. The following is a simple test tohelp you to assess your predisposition to distress in your life. The morequestions with a ‘yes’ response, the greater your risk for burn-out.– Are you highly achievement-oriented?– Do you tend to withdraw from offers of support?– Do you avoid discussing problems with others?– Do you have difficulty delegating responsibilities to others,including patients or clients?– Do you prefer to work alone?– Do you externalise blame?– Are your relationships asymetrical; ie are you always giving?– Is your personal identity bound up with your work role orprofessional identity?– Do you have a difficult time saying no?– Is there a lack of opportunity for positive feedback outsideof your professional or work role?– Do you live by the laws ‘don’t talk, don’t trust, don’t feel’?Case studyAnna is a good example of a dedicated and committed OHP. She strives to workharder to meet the increasing demands made on her. She feels unable toquestion, nor effectively protest the right of clients or management to makesuch escalating demands. She is a nurse of deep conviction and cannot say nobecause of a basic belief system that the needs of others are worthwhile, whilehers are not. When her efforts meet with less and less success, she works even harder.Despite her decreasing cost-effectiveness, she continues to believe that withlonger hours and greater intensity she can make a genuine difference to theorganisation she is working for. Breaking the cycle of burn-out came about when Anna was transferred to adifferent team with an experienced and observant OH manager. Her manager, awareof the dangers of Anna working from a deficit position (I’m not good enough),soon intervened and worked with Anna on establishing some healthy boundaries –a more balanced ratio of client-contact time to administrative time, healthierworking hours and breaks during the day, a holiday, and a communication skillscourse. Anna was willing to contract for these changes with her manager inorder to break the cycle. Previous Article Next Article
Dynamic provenance variations are deduced from sand-grain detrital modes in samples obtained from the CRP-2/2A drillcore. Below an important unconformity at 307metres below sea floor (mbsf), sand grains in most of the sequence were dominantly derived from Beacon sandstone and Ferrar dolerite sources, although alternating with subordinate thicknesses of strata derived from a predominantly granitoid source (Granite Harbour IntrusiveComplex; GHIC). Above the 307 mbsf unconformity, the reverse situation occurs, with most sediments dominantly sourced in the GHIC. Contributions from other sources (e.g. Jurassic Kirkpatrick basalt lavas and Proterozoic metamorphic basement) are also persistent but minor.An input of fresh volcanic detritus commenced at 307 mbsf and is ubiquitous in all the younger sediments. At least three (probably four) episodes of volcanism are identified, each lasting 1-2 M.yr in duration. The initial influx at 307 mbsf corresponds to the initiation of the McMurdo Volcanic Group (MVG) at c. 25 Ma and is much younger than estimates made previously by other workers for the oldest MVG volcanic activity in the McMurdo Sound region (Eocene?). Simultaneous major changes in the proportion of clast lithologies in CRP-2/2A suggest that the 307 mbsf unconformity is the most important petrological break within the cored sequence. It is speculated thatthe petrological contrasts across the unconformity are genetically associated with important climatic changes and/or rapid uplift episode(s) in the Transantarctic Mountains.
That’s the problem for politicians in the new media age—success is about knowing how to ride the waves created by viewers and voters, not about making your own waves. What do you think—which political leaders “get” the Internet, and how much difference does it make to you if they do?Cherwell 24 is not responsible for content of external links Once upon a time, Facebook was for Ivy Leaguers, iPods were for tech geeks, and CNN was for the politicos.Nowadays, Oxford tutors are on Facebook and grandmothers carry iPods. Politicians are getting on YouTube! to reach the young reluctant voters they need to secure if they want to survive into the next decade.Tony Blair thinks new media is a feral beast, but he’s smart enough to use it himself. When Nicholas Sarkozy was elected President of France a month ago, Blair gave out he usual “welcome to the club” message statesmen send one another, but he did it over viral video. After chuckling at his school boy French, I have to give Blair credit. Like it or not, he knows there is no going back to the old-media days.Back on my side of the pond, Hillary Clinton is doing her part to run a new-media campaign. This month, she asked voters to help pick her campaign song in a series of kitschy viral video spots, the last of which offered a decent parody of the last Soprano episode.Do young Americans have really poor taste, because they picked Celine Dion’s “You and I”? More likely is that Hillary’s video campaign never reached the hip young things she was after. As Jessi Hempel of Businessweek explains on her blog, Hillary’s schtick comes across as decidedly old school, meant for TV networks. Internet video is its own beast, and the style needs to feel authentic. To come across as young and cool, you have to be young and cool.For Barack Obama, a political novice, this is good news. And the Obama campaign has the chance to reap big benefits from YouTube video, namely the I’ve Got a Crush on Obama video recently launched by the comedy site BarelyPolitical.com. A sultry young woman in short shorts and a shorter t-shirt grinds up against posters of Barack and croons, “I can’t wait for 2008/Baby you’re the best candidate.”A smart candidate would capitalize now to tap the population of young voters that no one’s been able to bring to the polls, despite all the chatter about youth activism each election year. A smart Obama would buy the rights to that video and post links to it on official campaign sites. A smart Obama would offer the 5 teens at BarelyPolitical a day shadowing him on Capital Hill, where they could video tape him at work, and YouTube! the footage.A stodgy candidate would take offense at a video that highlights just how young and inexperienced Obama is. The video signals that Obama is young enough to attract a woman young enough to be the daughter or niece of most middle-aged voters.I’m an Obama-skeptic, and so far, I can’t tell which camp he’s fallen into. And importantly, it’s not Obama’s own charisma that makes the video so powerful—it’s the fact that teens, not campaign staff, came up with it, that it rose to fame as part of the ideas MoshPit online, and was never planted into prominence by Obama2008. Even Obama can’t force his way into social media—his application on Facebook has gotten eye rolls from most of my friends as “trying too hard.” David Cameron, who has one of the better political blogs, can’t force it either—Cameron’s site has few comments, and as far as I can tell, most Britons aren’t reading it.
After a stretch of nice weather, things are going downhill as we finish out the week. A storm system approaching Friday will washout any outdoor plans. The good news is the heaviest rain will be over before the weekend starts, the bad news is the weekend and into next week will remain cool and unsettled.Sunshine will give way to clouds on Thursday ahead of the next storm system. A steady onshore flow will keep temperatures in the upper 50s. Any rain will hold off until Thursday night after midnight.High Temperatures For Thursday.Rain will be heavy at times on Friday along with a band of gusty t’storms arriving around midday. Southerly winds will help temperatures climb back into the 60s.Computer models show a line of gusty t’storms moving through Friday. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)Total rainfall amounts should exceed 1″+. With heavy downpours expected, localized street flooding could occur.The annual Spring Block Party is this Saturday and the big question is…will it rain? Once the storm moves through on Friday, a trough of low pressure will settle in for the weekend. Expect a sun mixing with clouds on Saturday with the threat of a few showers late in the day. It is too soon to see if any showers will effect the Block Party, but odds favor a mainly dry day. Unseasonably cool air from Canada will spill into the region keeping daytimes temperatures in low 60s. A great day for a light sweatshirt.The trough of low pressure will keep us cool into early next week with highs only expected to be in the 50s.
Phans are officially in Mexico, the music starts tonight, and Phish is happening. Soundcheck can either be of huge indication of what’s to come or none at all, but it always gives fans a clue of the kind of mindset the band is in before the show. Before a three-night run, it’s even more exciting.The Overhead View went live from Facebook for 45 minutes of soundcheck in Mexico last night. Below you can hear some brief jamming before the band goes into “Sugar Shack” and “My Soul” to complete their soundcheck. Tonight, the band will take the stage for the first of three nights at the Riviera Maya. You can listen to the soundcheck in the video below:Lucky for those not in attendance, the band will stream all three nights in Mexico. The webcasts will be accessible through LivePhish, and all of the information can be found here. Enjoy![Photo by Chad Smith]